Carly Graham (left) and Kathryn Kramer take a photo together in a arch of lights at The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach in 2015. This year’s festival kicks off Nov. 29. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

Carly Graham (left) and Kathryn Kramer take a photo together in a arch of lights at The Lights of Christmas at Warm Beach in 2015. This year’s festival kicks off Nov. 29. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

Holiday events and fun in Snohomish County and beyond for 2018

Our annual list of holiday happenings include lights, concerts, theater and dance performances.

We know, we know. It isn’t even Thanksgiving yet. But your neighbors already have their Christmas lights up. They’re selling Christmas decorations at the grocery store. And your radio station is playing holiday classics 24/7.

Can you blame them? “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” As the song goes.

We’re guilty of it, too. Here’s our annual list of holiday events from before Thanksgiving — there we go! — to even after Christmas, including lights, concerts, theater and dance performances, and fun stuff for kids.

Many of them are scheduled in December — proof that not all of us wish Christmas lasted as long as football season.


Woodland Park Zoo: The zoo’s WildLights are on from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 23 through Jan. 5, except for Dec. 12, 24-25. Admission is $11.95 for teens and adults until Dec. 13, $14.95 thereafter, $9.95 for children through Dec. 13 and $11.95 thereafter and free for toddlers. Enter through west entrance on Phinney Avenue N. Parking $6. Call 206-548-2500. More at

Bellevue Botanical Garden: The garden’s 24rd annual winter wonderland called Garden d’Lights is displayed 4:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 24 through Dec. 30, 12001 Main St., Bellevue. Admission is $5, free for ages 10 and younger. Free nights Nov. 24-29. Call 425-452-2750 or go to

The Lights of Christmas: Open 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 6-9, 13-16, 19-23, 26-29 at Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood. The Warm Beach show is the largest holiday light display in the region, with more than 1 million lights on 15 acres. The festival includes theater, live music, strolling carolers, shopping, kid’s activities, warm doughnuts and cider. Tickets are $16 general (ages 13-59); $13 for military and for seniors 60-plus; $12 for children ages 4-12, and free for children ages 3 and younger. Pay what you can nights: Nov. 29, Dec, 6, 27, 28. Call 360-652-7575 or go to

Merrysville for the Holidays: Marysville becomes “Merrysville” this time of year. The Electric Lights Parade, with grand marshals Santa and Mrs. Claus, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Comeford Park and State Avenue in Marysville. Free. Consessions will be available for purchase. Then the Holiday Tour of Lights is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 7-8, 12-15, 19-22 at Cedarcrest Golf Course, 6810 84th St. NE, Marysville. Hop on board the Rotary train for holiday tour of lights. Enjoy a bonfire and hot cocoa. Suggested donation is $5 adults, $3 youth and $20 family. More at


Jane Lynch in “A Swingin’ Little Christmas”: The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress, best known for her role as Sue Sylvester in the musical television series “Glee,” will sing Christmas favorites at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Also featured are actress Kate Flannery (“The Office”), singer Tim Davis and The Guerrero Quintet. Tickets start at $39. Call 425-275-9595 or go to

Tingstad & Rumbel Holiday Concert: Grammy-winning musicians Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish. Tingstad, on fingerstyle guitar, and Rumbel, on clarinet, have performed together since 1985. Tickets are $25. Call 360-568-9412. More at

Everett Philharmonic Orchestra: The annual “Music for the Imagination” concert for families, and “kids from 3 to 103,” is at 3 p.m. Nov. 25, Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave. The program — featuring cellist Carson Ling-Efird, winner of the orchestra’s Young Artist Concerto Competition — includes Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4 in F minor” and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.” Kids get to “meet the orchestra’s instruments” after the concert. Tickets are $20 general and $10 youths. Children younger than 5 get in free. Group discounts available. More at

Christmas in Edmonds: This benefit concert features the Mosaic Choir and Orchestra at 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. The choir and orchestra, directed by Allan Skoog, includes members from all over Western Washington. Proceeds go to Rescue: Freedom International. Tickets are $18. More at or by calling 425-275-9595.

Geoffrey Castle’s Celtic Christmas: The popular rock ‘n’ roll electric six-string violinist brings along the Seattle Irish Dance Co. and bagpiper Neil Hubbard for this 8 p.m. Dec. 1 concert at Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. His influences include bluegrass, Mozart and Jimi Hendrix. Tickets are $22-$35. More at or by calling 425-258-6766. (Also performing at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell. Tickets are $20-$30. Call 425-298-3449.)

Mill Creek Chorale: The 85-member chorale will present its fifth annual Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at First Presbyterian Church of Everett, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. More at

Everett Chorale: The “Mystery & Wonder: Birth & Light” concert will be performed 7 p.m. Dec. 1, and 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Features singers from the University of Washington. Tickets are $21 general, $16 students, seniors and military. Children 12 and younger get in free. More at

Pacifica Chamber Orchestra: The Mukilteo orchestra’s Christmas concert is 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller, Everett. Program includes Uuno Klami’s Suite for String Orchestra and Adrien Barthe’s Passacaille for Winds. Tickets are $20 general, $15 seniors and students. More at

Mukilteo Presbyterian Church: The church’s Christmas Choir and Orchestra will perform its 16th annual Christmas Cantata free concerts at 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 4514 84th St. SW, Mukilteo. Prelude music begins 30 minutes before. Call 425-355-2802.

Breath of Aire: The Pacific Northwest choir is featured in a Christmas benefit concert for The Widows Project at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. The Widows Project, a nonprofit organization in Everett, provides support to widows and widowers. Tickets are $10 for widows, widowers and their children, $17.50 for general admission. More at or by emailing

Ahn Family Christmas Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. The concert is dedicated in late Rev. Sung Jin Ahn’s memory. The 24th annual concert benefits Neighbors in Need, a homeless mission of Trinity Lutheran. The music director, Kwan Bin Park, is Ahn’s grandson. Admission by donation.

Christmas with The Gothard Sisters: The world-traveling sisters return home for their annual Celtic (and more) Christmas concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Tickets are $25 general, $20 students and seniors, $10 for children. More at or by calling 425-275-9595.

Seattle Symphony: Holiday Pops Concert is 8 p.m. Dec. 7, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 8, 2 p.m. Dec. 9 at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle. Handel’s Messiah will be performed 8 p.m. Dec. 14, 1 and 8 p.m. Dec. 15, 2 p.m. Dec. 16. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, 8 p.m. Dec. 28, 8 p.m. Dec. 29-30. Tickets and more at

Sno-King Community Chorale: The “Holiday Magic: Joys & Dreams” concert will be performed 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 8 at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. Under the direction of Dustin Willetts, the chorale will perform “Dreamweaver,” a soaring tale by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. Featured are accompanist Debra DeMiero, soprano Jennifer Bromagen and a 22-piece string orchestra. Tickets are $25 adults, $22 seniors, $15 children. More at

Kamiak High School’s “Messiah”: Kamiak High’s 22nd annual Holiday Classics Concert features selections from Handel’s Messiah and other holiday favorites, performed by four choirs and two orchestras. Performances at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Dec. 9, Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $5 to $50 and available at

Cantabile Chamber Choir: The Mount Vernon-based choir performs “Winter Aglow: Celebrating Nature’s Light” 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1305 Pine Ave., Snohomish. Advanced tickets are $14 adults, $8 students and $43 per family or $16 adults, $10 students, $45 per family at the door. More at

Cascade Symphony Orchestra: The Holiday Pops concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 at Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. The program includes Leroy Anderson’s “Trumpeter’s Lullaby,” Rafael Mendez’ “La Virgen de la Macerena” and tunes from Christmas movies. Features George Steward on trumpet and David Dolacky as narrator. More at

Celtic Christmas Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 10, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 21405 82nd Pl. W., Edmonds, featuring Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning, Marc Gremm and Janet Marie Chvatal. Admission is by donation to Chase Lake Community School’s Safety Net Program.

Monroe Concert Band: A “Joyful Christmas” concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 14, Wagner Performing Arts Center, 839 W. Main St. Free, but donations accepted. More at

Evergreen Community Orchestra Christmas Concert: The concert is 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15, First Presbyterian Church, 2936 Rockefeller Ave., Everett. Donations accepted. More at

Open Door Baptist Church: Free Christmas concert by the church’s choir at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 16, 17014 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood. More at

“The Bell Ringer”: Symphony North performs at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., Everett. The band, which includes “America’s Got Talent” finalist Tim Hockenberry, performs Christmas music in the tradition of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. “The Bell Ringer” tells the story of a man who returns home after 30 years and takes the only job he can find on Christmas Eve — ringing a bell. Includes original songs and new renditions of Christmas classics. Tickets start at $26. Call 425-258-6766 or go to

Seattle Men’s Chorus: The “Jingle All the Way” concert is at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Everett Civic Auditorium, 2415 Colby Ave., Everett. Seattle Men’s Chorus has toured internationally, including at Carnegie Hall in New York City and Westminster Hall in London. Tickets are $25-$55. More at

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”: The Jose Gonzales jazz trio plays the Vince Guaraldi’s gem 4 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. More at

Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide: The Celtic concert is 3 p.m. Dec. 16, Lincoln Theatre, 712 S. First St., Mount Vernon. The Boulding family has entertained for nearly 40 years. Prices vary. Call 360-336-8955 or go to

Harpist Bronn Journey: Bronn and Katherine Journey offer their annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Call 425-257-8600 for ticket information.


Red Curtain: The Red Curtain Arts Center, 9315 State Ave., Suite J, Marysville (in the Goodwill shopping center, behind the Everett Community College cosmetology school); 360-322-7402; Michael Paller’s adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” runs Nov. 30 to Dec. 16. As Charles Dickens celebrates Christmas Eve with loved ones, he convinces them to act out his most-beloved tale in the family home’s attic. Shows are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18 general and $15 students, seniors and military, $10 for children 12 and younger.

Phoenix Theatre: Phoenix Theatre, 9673 Firdale Ave., Edmonds. Call 206-533-2000 or go to See the holiday hit “Twist of the Magi” on stage Nov. 30 to Dec. 23. The farcical comedy, based on O. Henry’s classic tale “Gift of the Magi,” is set in a 1940s radio studio as a live on-air broadcast. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12-25.

ACT’s “A Christmas Carol”: Region’s longest-running Dickens show, Nov. 23 through Dec. 28, ACT, 700 Union St., Seattle,

Taproot Theatre: The Christmas touring productions of “The (Improvised) Nutcracker,” “Nativity on the Square,” “Silent Night” and “Foolish Wisemen” are scheduled in December in Arlington, Snohomish, Edmonds, Everett and Monroe. Check the schedule at

The Kaddywompas Radio Show “Christmas Carol”: When the Kaddywompas County Store hits hard times, the locals rally to do a fundraiser of their own. See this offbeat musical production of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Tim Noah Thumbnail Theater, 1211 Fourth St., Snohomish. Tickets are $15. Call 360-568-9412 or go to


Pacific Northwest Ballet: See George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker” with sets and costumes by Ian Falconer Nov. 23 to Dec. 28 at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. More at

Emerald Ballet Theatre: See “The Nutcracker” with the Emerald Ballet Theatre Orchestra at the Northshore Performing Arts Center, 18125 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell. Showtimes are 2 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9, and 7 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets are $38-43 for adults and $20-22 for students. More at

Reflections School of Dance: “One Uncontainable Gift,” 4 p.m. Dec. 9, Glacier Peak High School Performing Arts Center, 7401 144th Pl. SE, Snohomish. Tickets are $10 at the door. More at

Alderwood Dance Spectrum: “A Storybook Nutcracker,” Dec. 12-15 at the Snohomish County PUD auditorium, 2320 California St., Everett. Showtimes are 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20. Group rates available. Call 425-771-2994 or go to

Olympic Ballet Theatre in Edmonds: Edmonds shows are Dec. 13-17. Abridged version offered at 10 a.m. and noon Dec. 13 (good for children), full version 7 p.m. Dec. 14, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 16, 5 p.m. Dec. 17, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds. An alternative to going into Seattle, Olympic Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker production is outstanding. More at

The Dance School: The Everett dance company will perform the ballet 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Tickets are $17.50 in advance or $25 at the door. More at

Olympic Ballet Theatre in Everett: Everett shows are Dec. 21-23. Abridged version 10 a.m. and noon Dec. 21 (good for young children), full version 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 22, 1 and 5 p.m. Dec. 23, Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave. An alternative to going into Seattle, Olympic Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker production is outstanding. More at


Schack Art Center: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; 2921 Hoyt Ave., Everett. The Holiday Art Show, on display through Dec. 29, features work by members of the Northwest Pastel Society. Through December, also find all kinds of art by regional artists for gift giving. Free admission. Call 425-259-5050 or go to

Cascadia Art Museum: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday at 190 Sunset Ave., Edmonds. The annual holiday show, “Vintage Christmas Cards by Northwest Artists,” with works from the 1900s to the ’90s will be on display at the museum through Jan. 6. Admission is $10, with discounts for seniors, students and families. On third Thursdays, the museum is open until 8 p.m.and is free during Art Walk Edmonds hours, 5 to 8 p.m. Call 425-336-4809. More at


Gingerbread Village: The 26th annual Gingerbread Village is up from Nov. 20 to Jan. 1 at Sheraton Grand Seattle, 1400 Sixth Ave., Seattle. Seattle’s top architecture firms, master builders and Sheraton Seattle culinary teams have come together to recreate the famous scenes from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Admission is by donation. More at

Seattle Center Winterfest: The festival is Nov. 23 through Jan. 6. Features live music and other performances, the Winter Train & Village, Winterfest Ice Rink, sparkling lights and family activities. More at

Santa’s Workshop: Santa has a pop-up workshop at Country Village from Nov. 23 to Dec. 24. Get your photo taken with Santa 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Country Village, 23718 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell. Visit two of Santa’s live reindeer in their vacation home between Keepsake Cottage and The Pet Place. Stroll the grounds filled with twinkling lights and cheerfully lit displays. More at

North Pole Party: Imagine Children’s Museum’s visit with Santa is 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at 1502 Wall St., Everett. The party includes selfies with Santa, winter carpet skating, story and craft time with Mrs. Claus, a 25 days of kindness calendar challenge, reindeer bark making and holiday music with Bonnie Birch on accordion. More at

Wintertide Celebration: The celebration is 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 29, Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Free. Features KIDSTAGE performances of “Seussical Kids” at 4:45 and 6:30 p.m., performances by the Everett High School jazz combo, Calvero Mid-High treble choir, Kamiak High School barbershop quartets, Lake Stevens High School concert choir and the Snohomish Youth Choir. Enjoy cocoa, treats, and arts and crafts. Santa arrives at 5:30 p.m. More at

Teddy Bear Breakfast: Providence General Children’s Association’s annual Teddy Bear Breakfast is 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1 at the Tulalip Resort, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip. Tickets are $30 each. To register and pay by check, contact Julie Ronken at 425-317-9825 or email or go online at The deadline to order tickets is Nov. 23.

Snowflake Flurry: A free children’s workshop is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Cascadia Art Museum, 190 Sunset Ave., Edmonds. Celebrate the holidays by making snowflake cards and learning about science and art. Children will work with Mona Fairbanks, celebrated artist and educator, to create unique holiday snowflake cards. All materials will be provided. For children 7 and older. Call 425-336-4809 or go to

Tanks Giving: The Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum at Paine Field hosts a special event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the museum, 3407 109th St. SW, Everett. Have a snowball fight, decorate cookies, play tank video games, go on a Christmas train ride, see a holiday vehicle parade and get your photo taken with Santa. Advance tickets are $16 adults, $10 youth or $20 adults, $12 youth the day of. Young children get in free. Santa visits at 11 a.m. Call 206-342-4242 or go to

Believe: A Magical Holiday Experience: Watch “The Polar Express” Dec. 7 at the Marysville Opera House, 1225 Third St., Marysville. Showtimes are 3 and 6 p.m. There will also be arts and crafts, snacks and photo ops. Tickets are $8 for ages 2 and older; free for children 1 and younger on laps. Call 360-363-8400 or go to


Providence Festival of Trees: The festival, with the theme “Angels Among Us,” runs Nov. 27 to Dec. 1 at the Tulalip Resort, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip. A free open house is 1 to 6 p.m. Nov. 28. Registration required for gala dinner, silent and live auctions, and breakfast. Bring your camera for photos with Santa. Call 425-258-7999 or go to

Holiday model trains: The Swamp Creek & Western Railroad Association hosts a Holiday Open House featuring model train demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1. at the association’s headquarters, 210 Railroad St., Edmonds. Free admission. Members will operate their HO scale model trains across a holiday-inspired layout. The layout features 400 feet of HO scale track that passes through miniature towns and detailed scenery. Many of the model trains are equipped with digital command control technology and will make sounds. Call 425-879-2220.

Holiday Home Tour: See north Everett homes decorated for the holidays from 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 3 on this self-guided tour. Features tastings from local chefs, carolers, raffle baskets, a pop-up gift shop and photos with Santa. Hosted by the Assistance League of Everett. Advance tickets are $30 or $35 on tour day. Purchase tickets at the Assistance League Thrift Shop, 5107 Evergreen Way, Everett. More at

Snohomish Christmas Parlor Tour: See Snohomish historic homes decorated for the holidays from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Hosted by the Snohomish Historical Society. Tickets are $15 general, $12seniors and youth. Advanced tickets are available at Joyworks, 1002 First St.; McDaniel’s Do-It Center, 510 Second St.; and Annie’s On First, 1122 First St. Buy tickets day of tour at the Waltz Building, 116 Ave. B. More at

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